Meet our staff
James Levin is an experienced criminal defense attorney with trial experience in cases ranging from Aggravated Murder to misdemeanors. He has practiced in every court in Cuyahoga County, from the 6th district federal court to every mayor’s court and municipal court in Northeast Ohio. In 2014 he launched LegalWorks, with the Famicos Foundation, to provide services to the indigent focusing on the removal of obstructions that block someone’s ability to move forward in life. In the area of civil rights he has successfully represented the American Indian Movement, the Northeast Ohio Greens, Cleveland Homeless Coalition and plaintiffs in police brutality cases. Outside the courtroom he has served many roles: Community Activist, Festival Director, Stage Director and Producer, Professor, Playwright, Lyricist, and Impresario. James founded and then directed Cleveland Public Theatre in 1981, the Gordon Square Arts District in 2004, the Ingenuity Festival in 2005, Cleveland World Festival in 2013 and Lorain’s FireFish Festival in 2015. He served as a professor and director of the center for entrepreneurship at the College of Wooster from 2009 to 2012.
Tadd Pinkston is an Ohio native and has lived in the Buckeye state his whole life. After graduating from Berea High School (now Berea-Midpark) Tadd went to college at the College of Wooster. At Wooster, Tadd participated in their prestigious Moot Court program and decided to attend law school at Case Western Reserve University. At law school he served on the editorial board of Case Western Reserve’s Journal of International Law and became captain of the school’s international moot arbitration team.Tadd has worked at LegalWorks since 2014. During that time Tadd has helped folks seal their records in every municipal court in Cuyahoga County. Currently Tadd handles all of LegalWorks’ cases in Summit, Lorain, and Lake counties. When he’s not at LegalWorks Tadd works as a solo practitioner.
Jacquelyn Gaiman is the Office Administrator of LegalWorks since August 2017. She is also a full-time student at Cleveland State University pursuing a B.A of Arts in Organizational Leadership with a minor in Business Management, and the recruiter for the student chapter of SHRM the Society of Human Resource Management. When she is not working at the Famicos office of LegalWorks, studying for her classes and doing homework she is spending time with her family and friends.
Brandilyn Cook will be graduating from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in May 2018 and will take the Ohio Bar Exam in July. Brandilyn is interested in practicing criminal and civil litigation, including immigration matters. She spent the summer of 2017 in Cambridge, Massachusetts interning at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic where she worked on the first sanctuary (immigration) case in Massachusetts, among other exciting projects. As the daughter of a first-generation immigrant who journeyed for a better life, her mission is to pursue justice and fight for human rights. She subscribes to a quotation from Albert Einstein: “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”